Corey Perry – Nick Suzuki – Josh Anderson
Jonathan Drouin – Eric Staal – Tyler Toffoli
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Artturi Lehkonen
Joel Edmundson – Shea Weber
Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Victor Mete
Jake Allen – Cayden Primeau
Scratches Taxi Squad
Otto Leskinen, Brandon Baddock, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren
Ben Chiarot (hand), Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Worth (lower-body), Joel Armia (COVID protocol)
Enjoying the 2 groups who lead the North division (by successful share) in back-to-back contests, it’s arduous to think about that Dominique Ducharme’s recreation plan included giving up a purpose within the first minute of play in every match. Sean Burke informed us his goaltenders are inspired to organize their very own recreation plans. Was giving up three objectives in six pictures a part of Jake Allen’s technique?
The Canadiens are three-quarters of the way in which by the primary week of 4 video games after having a pressured pause. 4 extra weeks at this tempo observe. Defensive breakdowns proceed to be a problem with Victor Mete and Joel Edmundson being the prime culprits tonight.
Mete proved to be such a legal responsibility for the primary 40 minutes that he by no means noticed within the ice within the remaining body. Ducharme and Luke Richardson decided that, regardless of the burden of additional minutes for his or her remaining 5 rearguards, they may not threat Mete’s presence whereas trailing the Jets by one purpose getting into the third interval.
On the highest pairing, Edmundson was having his personal struggles. Given the cap aid offered by Brendan Gallagher’s damage, it’s crucial that Marc Bergevin secures high quality assist for the blueline by the commerce deadline.
An argument may very well be made that Montreal might additionally use one other expert ahead. The dearth of end was as soon as once more evident in opposition to the Jets. The problem is exacerbated when Bergevin and Ducharme insist on together with gamers like Jonathan Drouin, who’s paid like a purpose scorer however has simply two objectives in 37 video games.
And whereas Bergevin paid a premium for Allen, the Canadiens should not getting wins when Carey Worth shouldn’t be within the web. Allen has one win in his final 9 begins, going 1-4-4 in that point.
The Canadiens could have a time off on Friday. They’ll have a rematch with the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night time on the Bell Centre.
▲ Jesperi Kotkaniemi
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Victor Mete, Eric Staal, Tyler Toffoli, Joel Edmundson, Dominique Ducharme
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